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Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream

Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 teaspoons butter, divided
8 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, julienned
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in 2 teaspoons butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute tomatoes and onion in remaining butter until onion is softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; add orzo. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until orzo is tender. Stir in the chicken, milk, basil, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle with cheese just before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
2 green bell pepper, seeded and cubed
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic

Directions
Put the chicken in the slow cooker. Top with the spaghetti sauce, green bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, and garlic.
Cover, and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours. 6 servings

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
4 medium green or sweet red peppers
1 pound ground beef
1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve Spanish rice
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1-1/2 cups salsa
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Directions
Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

Stir in the rice, 1-1/2 cups cheese, salsa and pepper sauce. Spoon into peppers. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour water around peppers.

Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Top with remaining cheese; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions
In a bowl, mix the oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture into chicken. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken in butter for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Place chicken in a slow cooker.

In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon. Bring the mixture to boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.

Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours. Add the parsley to the slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

Original recipe makes 6 servings

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Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

Ingredients
1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/4 inches thick and 1-1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed (1/2 inch)

Directions
Rub both sides of steak with oil; sprinkle with Creole seasoning. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, beans, green onions, cilantro, lemon peel, lemon juice and salt; gently stir in avocado. Cut steak into slices; serve with bean mixture. Yield: 12 servings.

Editor’s Note: The following spices may be substituted for 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning: 3/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and 1/8 teaspoon each dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Recipe found here: Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

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Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

Ingredients
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon rotisserie chicken seasoning
2 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese, halved

Directions
In a large skillet, saute the spinach, mushrooms, onions and pecans in oil until mushrooms are tender. Set aside and keep warm. Sprinkle chicken with seasoning.

Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°.

Top with cheese. Cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. To serve, top each chicken breast with reserved spinach mixture. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

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Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Ingredients
1 pound red potatoes, cubed
3 tablespoons water
3/4 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups fresh baby spinach
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions
Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes or until tender; drain.

In a large skillet, saute kielbasa and onion in oil until onion is tender. Add potatoes; saute 3-5 minutes longer or until kielbasa and potatoes are lightly browned.

Combine the brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme and pepper; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Add spinach and bacon; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Potato Kielbasa Skillet

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